President's ride

  • Starts: Saturday 14 September 2019 9:15 am
  • Ride leader/Event organiser: Robert Sebley
  • Category:
  • Ride grade: B - Hilly ride
  • Ride to elevenses grade: B - Hilly ride

Address: East Street, Havant, P09 1BS

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Send an email to ride leader/event organiser: Robert Sebley.

Robert will be leading our annual President’s Ride on Saturday the 14th September with elevenses at the West Meon and lunch at New Alresford. The location of the tea stop will be a surprise, as is traditional. Robert needs to know the numbers, both on the ride and any that will only be at the afternoon tea, so it would be appreciated if you would let him know as soon as possible if you plan to be on the ride or just coming to the tea. If you cannot make the full ride but would still like to be at the tea venue, then you will be told the time and place of the afternoon tea venue. The cost per person will be £4.50, payable at the venue, and the cafe has offered to lay on extra, pre-ordered, sandwiches at £2.50 per person, so please let me know if you want those as well.

The elevenses tea/coffee stop will be at the West Meon Post Office cafe (also called Cuppacheero Cafe), and I am happy for riders to make their own way there. The intended route from Havant is: Denmead, Hambledon, Chidden and Winchester Hill, approximately 17 miles in all.

The route to Alresford is approximately 9 miles, and then the route south to the afternoon cafe stop will be via Titchbourne, Cheriton, Kilmeston, Beacon Hill and Corehampton Golf Course, around 16 miles.

About Saturday and Wednesday rides

Rides from Havant with stops for elevenses, lunch and sometimes tea. If you're unable to keep up or have a mechanical problem, someone will be available to help you - although we obviously cannot guarantee to solve all problems.

Riders are free to join and leave the ride at various points. Some ride directly to the elevenses stop.

Click either heading below to find out more about Wednesday and Saturday rides:

Wednesday rides are the largest of our rides and can provide a range of options to riders. We often split into multiple groups at the start, for example:

  • A fast group that takes a longer and/or hillier route to the elevenses stop
  • A ride which takes a more direct route to the elevenses stop at a moderate pace
  • An elevenses ride comprised of riders going only to elevenses; the elevenses ride will have its own ride leader and might go to a different destination if the route to the main elevenses destination is long and/or hilly

On Wednesdays it is highly likely that there will be several riders coming back to the Havant area from the elevenses stop - although they might not include a PCTC ride leader. If that is what you'd like to do, please consult the ride leader at the start to ensure someone knows and is able to bring you back.

In addition, some rides split after elevenses to go at different paces or to alternate destinations. These are usually announced during the ride briefing. Please ask if you are unsure about the options available.

Saturday rides are (usually) much smaller than Wednesday rides. As a result they offer fewer options for rides but more flexibility for routes and destinations.

The rides are often shown as 'informal' meaning there is no prescribed ride leader. Unless weather is particularly adverse, however, they always go ahead at the stated time and start point. We try to keep to the suggested elevenses destination to allow for people who want to ride directly there.

The lunch destination does change occasionally but we will always take views of riders into account. In particular, if you join a ride because you think you can manage the distance/hilliness, we would not substitute an alternative if it meant you couldn't join the ride.

If you want to ride with us but only to elevenses and need someone to help you with the route back, please use our general enquiry form to let us know in advance of the ride so we can try to arrange something for you.

This article describes what you should consider bringing with you on one of these rides.

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